As part of our mission to unite the UK’s health data to enable discoveries that improve people’s lives, one of the key strategic areas is to improve this data to allow for even greater insight.

Research from the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industries and Medicines Discovery Catapult highlights quality of data as one of the top barriers to health data research.

Our Health Data Research Hubs (the ‘Hubs’) – supported by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – have an explicit mandate to improve the data as part of the work they are doing to support innovation. This work includes mapping to data standards, curating the data to remove duplicates, annotating images and linking to other datasets. This work is also taking place as part of the British Heart Foundation Data Science Centre.